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  • Neighbor: Suspect parents blame selves (Louchner)

    01/11/2011 8:49:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    ABC 15 ^ | 1/11/2011
    A neighbor says the parents of the suspect in Saturday's shooting spree in Tucson are devastated and guilt-ridden. Jared Loughnerappeared in court Monday on federal charges that he tried to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal judge. He is also accused of killing five others and wounding or injuring 13 others. Wayne Smith, who lives across the street from the family, said Randy and Amy Loughner blame themselves.
  • Teen kicked off basketball team for hairstyle(stupid parents sues school district)

    01/07/2011 12:47:20 PM PST · by greatdefender · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Janurary 7, 2011 | Cameron Smith
    George Steinbrenner famously refused to let Yankees players compete with any facial hair, or "unruly" haircuts. While those relatively manic standards were applied to professionals (extremely highly compensated professionals, at that), a similar measure is now being used to keep an eighth grader off his junior high basketball team. According to a number of sources, the Indianapolis Star and Associated Press chief among them, the parents of a Greensburg (Ind.) Community Junior High School student have filed a lawsuit against the district citing discrimination against their son, who was kicked off the team because his hairstyle violated a code of...
  • To the Left, Children Are Compensation

    12/30/2010 1:10:44 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 16 replies · 16+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Suzanne Venker
    What makes a good parent? Many things, of course. But an obvious prerequisite is someone whose parenting goals have less to do with what he or she wants and more to do with what children need. Sadly, this attitude no longer prevails in mainstream American society. Elton John and Eva Longoria (Neil Patrick Harris, too) are the latest to jump on the Me first, Child last bandwagon. Longoria is in the process of divorcing husband Tony Parker (like most women in Hollywood eventually do), but she has no intention of letting a small thing like that stop her from being...
  • At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul

    12/13/2010 6:47:29 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-10 | Jennifer Medina
    By Marlene Romero’s count, her son has had just one effective teacher in his five years at McKinley Elementary School here. Most of the time, she said, he has merely shuffled through classrooms, struggling in math without ever getting extra help. So when an organizer came knocking at her door promising that if she signed a petition, her son’s school could radically improve, Ms. Romero immediately pledged her support. Now, she is one of more than 250 parents in Compton who are using a new state law to force the failing school to be taken over by a charter school...
  • AP Buys Education Clue

    12/13/2010 10:57:25 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academiat ^ | December 13, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Associated Press might actually be onto something in its education coverage. “An Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education found that 68 percent of adults believe parents deserve heavy blame for what’s wrong with the U.S. education system — more than teachers, school administrators, the government or teachers unions,” Donna Gordon Blankenship wrote in an AP story that went out on December 12, 2010. “Only 35 percent of those surveyed agreed that teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame.” “Moms were more likely than dads — 72 percent versus 61 percent — to say parents are...
  • Facebook: Should parents 'friend' their children?

    12/11/2010 10:28:22 PM PST · by Cardhu · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | December 10th 2010 | Jimmy Smallwood
    When Facebook was entirely dominated by people under the age of 25, things were simple. But now an important social question has arisen - should you "friend" your child, or accept a parent as a "friend"? For a generation brought up on social networks, your "friends" can range from closest confidants to someone you met at a conference. People you've "friended" for networking purposes are afforded equal status to your sister. Your friends on social networks might also be your 20-something son who's travelling round Thailand or your 13-year-old daughter. These are tricky waters for a parent to navigate, unsure...
  • Teens are getting pregnant to get on MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ show

    12/07/2010 4:23:28 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 25 replies
    Popeater ^ | December 7 2010 | Popeater
    If you’ve ever seen Teen Mom, you know that it in no way glorifies teen parenthood. Those young moms and dads are struggling, and despite the rumors that MTV pays them around $60,000 a season, (which MTV refuses to comment on) many of them are shown relying on government assistance to get by. The young women on the show, as much as their lives are put under the microscope, do get famous in their way.
  • Son Stabs Parents, Is Killed By Father, Police Say(CT)

    12/06/2010 4:01:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 51 replies
    ctnow.com ^ | 5 December, 2010 | MARK SPENCER
    GRISWOLD —A father shot and killed his 24-year-old son, after the son had repeatedly stabbed him and his wife while they were in bed Saturday night, state police said. At about 7:40 p.m., David Gemeasky Jr. entered the bedroom of a home at 655 Bethel Road and stabbed David Gemeasky Sr., his father, police said. Gemeasky Jr. then stabbed Tamara Brennan, who is his biological mother, as she was trying to flee the attack, state police said. Gemeasky Sr., although suffering from serious stab wounds, was able to get his shotgun and shoot Gemeasky Jr., police said Gemeasky Jr. was...
  • Are you a wimpy parent? Check for these 7 signs

    11/08/2010 3:00:31 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Dayton Daily NEws ^ | Nov 8, 2010 | Gregory Ramey, Ph.D., The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton
    I have evaluated numerous children whose only problems are that they live with loving and dedicated parents who are wimps. There is no psychological test yet to diagnose this disorder, but here is how you can assess yourself and perhaps avoid a visit to a therapist’s office. 1. Are you more concerned about your children’s feelings than their behaviors? Wimpy parents care excessively about making their children feel comfortable. While feelings are important, the real world judges us all on actions. Wimpy parents are reluctant to require their youngsters to do anything that may feel uncomfortable. One parent told me...
  • 85% of College Grads Move Back Home

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Getting a degree used to be a stepping stone to limitless career opportunities. Now it's more of a hiatus from living under your parents' roof. Stubbornly high unemployment -- nearly 15% for those ages 20-24 -- has made finding a job nearly impossible. And without a job, there's nowhere for these young adults to go but back to their old bedrooms, curfews and chore charts. Meet the boomerangers.
  • Private School Parents Arrested for Hosting Wild Homecoming Party

    10/12/2010 3:52:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Oct 12, 2010 | Todd Wright
    Private school homecoming party gets way out of hand. Parents arrestedBeing the cool parents at a ritzy private high school has come at a cost for one South Florida couple. Shlomo “Steve” and Jeannie Rasabi were arrested over the weekend for throwing the homecoming party of the decade for their teenage sons and about 500 of their closest Facebook and Myspace friends. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Rasabis stayed in their room in their Boca Raton estate as the kids went wild with the liquor cabinet. When police arrived after receiving phone calls about a loud party, they...
  • New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats

    09/27/2010 1:32:31 PM PDT · by MissTed · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/23/10 | Kathleen Schaefer
    On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent. Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week. The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the...
  • ‘Superman’ strikes

    09/26/2010 3:23:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 26, 2010 | Editorial
    It’s the film the teachers unions don’t want you to see. The revelatory documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” opened Friday to parents’ cheers — and union howls. The film follows five families trying desperately to escape failing traditional public schools in favor of charter schools — and it profiles education reformers rebuilding a national school system that’s in ruins. The unions panned the flick, naturally: It exposes how they drag kids down into the swamp, spotlighting how bad teachers are passed from school to school and how all-but-automatic tenure allows even the worst teachers to stay on the job. But...
  • A Generational Perfect Storm - Boomerang Kids Meet the Homeless Baby Boomers

    09/20/2010 9:16:27 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 47 replies
    The Dollar Vigilante ^ | 09/20/10 | Jeff Berwick
    When times are good, or at least relatively good, unsustainable trends can appear sustainable. The now-aging baby boomers who had a lot of their wealth tied up in their home and the stock market were feeling great. They had just come off of a 20 year super-bull market in equities and up until 2007 they were seeing the value of their home increase by leaps and bounds every year. Sure, their kids were scraping by on credit card and student loan debt. But there were jobs to be found and even if they couldn't scrape by they could always count...
  • ACTION REQUEST - BABY DNA (MN)

    09/15/2010 12:56:24 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    Citizens' Council on Health Care ^ | 9-15-10 | Twila Brase
    As a result of our request, more than 160 individual requests from parentshave been sent to the Minnesota Department of Health seeking information on how their child's newborn bloodspots (DNA) was used. That's a great start, but we need many more parents to act. OUR GOAL - There are 73,000 children born every year in Minnesota. We want at least 3,650 parent requests sent to the health department. That's just 5% of the number of baby DNA specimens collected and retained in ONE year. Child Health Profiles: We expect to find one or more of the nearly 59,000 children used...
  • Call Me Irresponsible?

    08/17/2010 11:01:47 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 38 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    While baby boomers are still the driving force that controls America’s cultural and spending habits, when it comes to preferred methods of communication, they are pathetically out of the loop. These days, phone calls are “out” and texting is “in,” which can create another area of tension between parents and their 18 to 34 year old millennial offspring, according to the Washington Post. Young people say it’s a control thing – but it’s more likely a new media thing. The view among those 18 to 34-year-olds in the Facebook and Twitter set is that making a phone call is invading...
  • Taking Back The Schools--What Are The Best Tactics???

    06/25/2010 11:36:31 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Anyone who has ever tried to sue a school, change a PTA, join a school board, or in any way to manipulate what a public school was doing, please share your experiences and suggestions. To start the discussion, here are a few options: YAHOO GROUPS: anybody can form a group on Yahoo. I know of a group in Jersey City where parents share notes about teachers, courses, and candidates. This is an easy way to mobilize 100 or 200 people so they’re all on the same page when they deal with the school. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION: Martin Gross, in his book...
  • Activist Group Threatens Lawsuit Unless Happy Meal Toys Banned

    06/22/2010 12:29:56 PM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | June 22, 2010 | NSLF
    Taking the Santa Clara County, Calif. Happy Meal toy ban to the national level, a radical consumer activist group is threatening to sue McDonald’s if it continues to include toys in kids meals. “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” said Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) litigation director Stephen Gardner. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity—all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.” Gardner couldn’t be more wrong in his...
  • Deployed Parents Can View Defense Schools’ Graduations

    06/04/2010 7:11:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 182+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Deployed servicemembers with children graduating from Department of Defense Education Activity-managed schools in Europe this month will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremonies. An estimated 125 servicemembers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations have children taking part in 14 graduation ceremonies, DoDEA officials in Wiesbaden, Germany, said. For the seventh consecutive year, DoDEA will provide a webcast of the graduation ceremonies to include congratulations videos from the U.S. European Command commander and each service component commander, as well as student messages and graduation announcements. The webcast will feature the graduation...
  • Nanny-State UK to Inspect Homes of Parents with Children Under 5 years

    05/18/2010 7:57:22 AM PDT · by peachykeene · 18 replies · 590+ views
    Mail Online ^ | May 17, 2010 | Jenny Hope and Steve Doughty
    Parents of children under five are to get home checks to ensure they are keeping their youngsters safe. Inspectors will check whether families have installed smoke alarms, stair gates, locks on medicine cupboards, windows and ovens, and fitted temperature controls to stop bath water getting too hot. Guidelines for inspections have been drawn up on the instructions of the Department of Health in a bid to prevent injuries among under-15s in the home. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279182/Parents-5s-face-nanny-state-home-inspections-children-safe.html#ixzz0oHvruAX3